SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

THE GIFTS

by Dr. Ed Young


The Gifts
Dr. Ed Young
I Corinthians 12:7-11


I hope you have your Bibles open already to I Corinthians chapter number
12. We'll look tonight at various verses, we'll not go as far as Iwanted to, but we'll be around I Corinthians for awhile. As we begin our worship service, let's bow for prayer together.Father, we thank you for songs, we thank you for witness, we thank you for prayer, we thank you for worship. And now we wait expectantly for your proclaimed word. I trust, Lord, that if my mouth opens, it will be your words of interpretation. And what our ears hear we trust it will
be your words of profound truth. Let me get out of the way. You know that personally I have nothing to say; but, 0 Lord, on the wings Thy Spirit, speak to us as we lift up Jesus Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.

One of the fundamental declarations of scripture is that power belongsto God. God never does give anybody power and say, ''This is yours, use it any way you want to.'' God gives power to individuals and to churches to use but He always keeps on the reigns. As long as the power is being used for His honor and for His glory, and Jesus Christ is exalted, and the conditions Biblically are met, then that power that is given is exercised in the Body, the church. But when power is abused or misused,God will begin to withdraw and withhold His blessing upon an individual or upon a church.

Now, we've been talking about spiritual gifts and I started thinking howsome people could easily get confused. For example, the Holy Spirit is the person of the trinity that gives spiritual gifts. And all the spiritual gifts that are given are to do one thing and that is to honor Jesus Christ. That's the reason anybody or any church that honors the Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit, you know that church is whop-sided, it is unbiblical in its doctrine because the function and the purpose of the Holy Spirit in the world is to exalt Jesus Christ. Spirit. Always remember that. Also, I thin ...

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